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Contemporary Istanbul gathered with art lovers in Amman and Beirut to celebrate its 10th year

Contemporary Istanbul, the premiere art fair of the region, is celebrating its 10th year. As part of its international program a series of events around the world have been organized, and will be hosted by friends of Contemporary Istanbul.
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Contemporary Istanbul, the premiere art fair of the region, is celebrating its 10th year. As part of its international program a series of events around the world have been organized, and will be hosted by friends of Contemporary Istanbul. 

Contemporary Istanbul, the most important art fair of the region is celebrating 10 years on 2015. As part of its international programme a series of events around the world have been organised and hosted By Contemporary Istanbul and friends of CI Amman, Jordan and Beirut, Lebanon has been the two latest cities in which collectors, press members and gallery owners joined to celebrate and know more about CI’s 10th anniversary.  

Ali Güreli, Chairman of Contemporary Istanbul, said "Contemporary Istanbul has become a global brand in the last 10 years and now there is more international interest than ever in what we have to offer and the Turkish market. We are very honoured to be welcome in cities such as New York, Basel, Dubai, London, Beirut and Amman to present our plans for the 10th anniversary. I am very excited to see the increasing international interest and energy about the fair”. 


Contemporary Istanbul announces Silvia Koch as new Director

Silvia Koch joins the Contemporary Istanbul team as the Director of its 10th edition.
From 2007 to 2014 Koch worked at artnet, responsible for galleries in Berlin and
London, and is credited for successfully guiding the artnet team into a new and highly
successful era. In addition, she has worked as various well know galleries including
Galerie Christian Nagel and Arndt Contemporary, and has organized several
contemporary art exhibitions in Berlin.
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With more than twelve years of working in the arts Koch’s impressive knowledge of the art market, (primary and secondary, both online and offline), and expertise in global markets----with a focus on North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East---will be infused into her her new position at Contemporary Istanbul. Koch is very well connected with a focus on contemporary art galleries, museums and collectors. 

About her new position Silvia Koch said, "I am extremely delighted to have the opportunity to work for Contemporary Istanbul, the most established art fair in the region and I am looking forward to introducing galleries from East and West to the established and emerging collectors, museums, art critics and art lovers, and vice versa.” Koch joins a team that, over the last decade, has established Contemporary Istanbul as the leading fair in Turkey and the premium showcase of global contemporary art in the region. The 10th edition of the Contemporary Istanbul Fair will further introduce longerrunning and more expansive projects like CI Education: a series of education program, conferences and discussions on art, and CI Art Initiatives: presenting outstanding projects from not-for-profit arts organizations. 

Over the last decade, Contemporary Istanbul has established itself as the leading fair in Turkey and the premium showcase of global contemporary art in the region. CI brings East together with West, and looks, too, at the Black Sea, Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean regions in addition to Turkey and further afield, in terms of attending galleries and collectors. The last edition hosted more than 108 galleries from 23 countries and welcomed over 80,000 visitors. As a result of its diverse collector base, CI was ranked by Skate’s Art Market Research in New York as the second most attended contemporary art fair in the frontier markets. And, according to Artnews’ article, the fair is the fifth most visited art fair in the world only after ARCO Madrid, the Armory Show in New York, Art Basel Miami Beach, FIAC, and Art Basel. 

Contemporary Istanbul welcomes Marc-Olivier Wahler as its Artistic Advisor!

In preparation of its 10th edition, Contemporary Istanbul has taken on pre-eminent international curator, art critic, and historian, Marc-Olivier Wahler, as its Artistic Advisor.
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In preparation of its 10th edition, Contemporary Istanbul has taken on pre-eminent international curator, art critic, and historian, Marc-Olivier Wahler, as its Artistic Advisor. 

Currently Wahler is the founder and director of Chalet Society, Paris, an exhibition space that goes beyond the white box and delves into ideas, education, creation, and collection all in a community space. Previously, in 1995 he co: founded CAN Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and stood as its director until 2000, exhibiting artists during his tenure like Jonathan Monk, Franz West, Mike Kelley, Ugo Rondinone, and Paul McCarthy. In 2000 until 2006 Wahler was at the helm of the Swiss Institute in New York, curating large scale exhibitions with artists, including Urs Fischer, Takashi Murakami, Jim Shaw, and Aleksandra Mir. And, from 2006, until he founded the Chalet Society in 2012, Wahler was the director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and was the founding editor of Palais/ Magazine. Under his directorship there, the Palais de Tokyo was regarded as Paris’ best champion of emerging talent.

Ali Güreli, Contemporary Istanbul’s Founder and Chairman participated in Art For Tomorrow conference

Ali Güreli, Contemporary Istanbul’s Founder and Chairman participated in the New York Times Art For Tomorrow conference, took place at Doha, Qatar, March 14 – 16!
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Ali Güreli, Contemporary Istanbul’s Founder and Chairman participated in the New York Times Art For Tomorrow conference, took place at Doha, Qatar, March 14 – 16!

On Monday March 16, Ali Güreli was joined Victoria SiddallDirector of the Frieze Art Fairs London and New York and Frieze Masters; Savita Apte,Chair of the Abraaj Art Prizeand a committee member of Art Dubai; and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of The Serpentine Galleries. The discussion was moderated by Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art and Architecture Critic of The New York Times. Together they will discuss Art Fairs and Festivals: Global/Local, Temporary/Permanent.

 

Gureli spoke about the unique position of Contemporary Istanbul, both locally (within Turkey) and to its immediate regions. Highlighting the importance of Istanbul’s location in relation to its surrounding regions, linking East to West, Gureli talked about the fair and the city’s role at the centre of a series of constantly shifting cultural and political landscapes and how this translates into Istanbul’s cultural scene both now and in the future.

Due to be opened by one of the world's strongest arts & culture advocates, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the inaugural Art for Tomorrow conference focused on the art and architecture that is playing a vital role in building communities, developing commerce and enriching lives throughout the globe.

Art for Tomorrow welcomed 200 invited guests representing the arts, public and private sectors, tourism experts, city planners and business developers. The conference discussed the changing dynamics of art and architecture, and their potential to transform people and places.

CI was ranked by Skate’s Art Market Research as the second most attended contemporary art fair

Art market analysis service Skate’s released its 2014 Art Fairs Report, which "focuses on the world’s major art fairs and their operators, aggregated statistics for the world’s most important art fairs and various subsets of data. 

Contemporary Istanbul was ranked by Skate’s Art Market Research in New York as the second most attended contemporary art fair in the frontier markets (second to ARCO in Madrid, Spain). According to ArtNews editorial about Skate’s Report, Contemporary Istanbul 2014 listed as 5th most visited art fair in the top 10 Skate Art Market Research with more visitors than the Armory Show, Frieze New York and FIAC.